Authors' Spotlight

INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR LISA FRANKLIN|AUTHOR INTERVIEW

It is my pleasure to host author Lisa Franklin on my blog today.

Me: What made you pen down Break Every Chain?

Lisa: I decided to share my story as a way to, not only heal myself, but to help others. The world is very quiet in its knowledge of emotional, mental, psychological, and financial abuse. We still see abuse as strictly physical and although physical abuse is very real, so is emotional abuse. Emotional abuse may not leave physical scars to the naked eyes, but the scars are certainly there. I wrote this to bring awareness to this silent abuse and hopefully bring hope to anyone that is in an abusive relationship. You can get out.

Me: It draws from your personal experience. Was it emotionally taxing for you or was it liberating to revisit everything and write it down?

Lisa: Writing this book was an emotional journey. To revisit those moments in my life where I was so lost and mentally damaged was extremely taxing for me. I felt as if I were re-living these moments and it was draining. There were days where I couldn’t write anything because I had to give myself a mental and emotional break. But I knew I couldn’t stop. Although it was exhausting, it was also very liberating to finally get the emotions out; to finally be able to talk about it and put it into words. It felt like an incredible purge of the psychological torture I went through. So to bring this book to life was both taxing and liberating. It was great healing.

Me: What should readers expect from this book?

Lisa: Anyone that reads this book should expect transparency. It’s hard to describe what life is like in a relationship that’s emotionally abusive. Any reader should expect the hard, real, truth of abuse and the things that one will do to themselves to just survive that private hell.

Me: Finding yourself back in an abusive relationship is hard. Confronting that you are not yourself anymore is even harder. When was the first time you recognized that something needed to change?

Lisa: Well, I married him twice so the first time I felt that something needed to change was when I left him the first time. At that time, I couldn’t define what was happening, I just knew that things weren’t right. You’re not supposed to make your spouse feel like they’re worthless and not good enough. So I left. When I came back and we decided to try again, it was about 18 months into the second marriage that I realized that he was only showing me what I wanted to see in order to get me back. Even after that, I stayed. A few years passed and my self harm and depression was deep, I looked at him as he slept and felt like one of us had to die. And I didn’t feel remorseful. I knew that the thought was wrong but I didn’t feel bad. That’s when I knew that I was not myself and I had to get out. I wasn’t me in a lot of ways. I had become someone I didn’t know. I was abusing drugs. I was self harming. I attempted suicide a few times. This was not who I was. This was who I had become in order to survive.

Me: Is there a way one can spot a narcissist?

Lisa: If you’ve never encountered a narcissist, you would never spot one. Narcissist are very deceptive people. They are like chameleons. They hide behind who they are in order to gain trust and it goes from there. Now, if you’ve ever had a narcissistic parent or co-worker or friend or boyfriend /girlfriend, you’ll be able to see the signs in the next relationship very fast. This book shows several red flags that may help the reader to determine if he or she is in a relationship with a narcissist.

Me: How is that previous Lisa different from the one today?

Lisa: In my marriage, I completely lost who I was. I had become someone that I didn’t know. I transformed myself into who he wanted me to be to survive in that relationship. I didn’t know what I liked or didn’t like. I didn’t know what I thought, unless I asked his opinion first and formed my opinion around his opinion. I had become very pessimistic and everything was gloom and doom. I agreed with the things he said and did, even if it hurt someone. I became him in order to survive.

The woman that I am today, is authentically and organically me. I now know that it’s ok to be happy. It’s ok to want to have friends. It’s ok to laugh. It’s ok to have my own dreams. I am optimistic about life and the future that I see that I have. It’s ok to feel. I know that my feelings aren’t overrated. I have a voice and deserved to be heard. I deserve to be loved. I deserve to be great.

Me: What message would you like to give our readers who might be going through the same?

Lisa: I want people to know that if you’re going through an abusive relationship of any kind, that you have to get out. I understand that people have children and they want to stay for their children or the idea of how they wanted their family to be. But no abuse is acceptable and you can leave. You don’t have to have money saved because there are programs to help. I want them to know that love is not enough to stay. Money is not enough to stay. I want them to know that it’s important for your mental health to leave the abusive. The Department of Social Services recognizes emotional abuse as abuse. I want the readers to know that this is silent abuse that leave no physical evidence but it is abuse and it’s just as harmful, if not more, than physical abuse. You can get out. If this book is able to save at least one person, then I’ve succeeded.

Me: Are there any new projects underway?

Lisa: I’m definitely working on a couple of new projects! My business partner and I are really focused on building our brand called LeTrap Empires. LeTrap is an acronym for “Learning Everyday To Reach All Possibilities” and it’s about helping others to use everyday to reach their full potential. Writing and publishing is just a small part of the bigger picture. I am currently writing a book on finding true peace in your life as well as an addition to Break Every Chain. I am working on getting out into the community and speaking about triumphing in the face of adversity.

Soon to be best selling author, Lisa Franklin, has always had a fondness for words. Like most children, she liked writing essays for class and short stories in her spare time. Although she is an author, the mother of six has worn the hats of a doctor, therapist, teacher, judge, coach, and playmate.

 As a survivor of abuse, Lisa advocates for strong mental health and victims of domestic violence. She uses her experience to help others recognize and respond to abuse; and to rebuild their lives. She currently lives is Maryland.

For an autographed copy reach out to Lisa on: 

lisacburgess@gmail.com 

Authors' Spotlight

INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR LIAM YOUNG|AUTHOR INTERVIEW

It is my pleasure to host author Liam Young on my blog today.

Me: Have you always wanted to be a writer?

Liam: Yes I’ve always wanted to be a writer. I enjoy being creative and when I’m not writing, I’m reading. Writing is a passion of mine which I can hopefully share with the world through my novel.

Me: Fireshine & Summerfield amalgamates the elements of fantasy, adventure and mythology. How did the story come to you?

Liam: Well most of it is inspired by my interests. Programmes I watch, books I read, subjects I am interested in and science fiction is my favourite genre so naturally it played a big part in my work.

I do also love fantasy and adventure, books like “ The chronicles of Narnia” and films like “ Labyrinth” really inspired me to create my own worlds in which I and therefore the reader or listener are transported away for a little while into the realm of imagination and escapism.

It came to me in parts, the main two characters Becky and William came first and were based on characters from my favourite tv show “ Doctor Who”. I took what I liked from the characters in the show, personalities, quirks, morals etc. and moulded them into what I needed for my story.

Most of the other themes and character came later as random ideas popped into my head and I used them to build the universe my story is set in. 

Me: Did you have the whole plot figured out before you started writing it or did it evolve as you went on?

Liam: It evolved as it went on. The original idea is far from what became the finished product.

Me: What do you enjoy the most about the process?

Liam: Developing the characters and getting to know them more and more as the story progressed. My favourite character is Zarku.

Me: Will you tell our readers more about the Stone of Fate?

Liam: It is a magical stone which can grant wishes.

Me: What are your favourite genres to read?

Liam: Adventure/fantasy and science fiction

Me: What do you like to do when you are not writing?

Liam: Reading, spending time with the family, watching movies and going on holiday.

Me: Are there any other projects underway?

Liam: Maybe. You’ll have to wait and see.

I’m Liam young. I’m 24. I live in Newcastle with my mum, stepdad, brother and my dog. I work as a kitchen porter in a pub called “ The Badger”. I am  a massive geek and I love to try new things and new experiences. I was born in Hexham and was brought up in Cumbria.  I am an aspiring author.

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INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR SANOBER H. IRSHAD|AUTHOR INTERVIEW

It is my pleasure to host author Sanober H. Irshad on my blog today.

Me: Have you always wanted to be a writer?

Sanober: I have been writing all my life. It’s something I enjoy. I enjoyed writing for children’s magazines when I was young and then continued the journey as a freelance writer for many newspapers and magazines worldwide. However, since the last few years, I had gotten involved with more editing and publishing work, so writing took a back seat for a bit.

Me: What made you pen down ‘Our Idiosyncrasies‘?

Sanober: Our Idiosyncrasies is a collection of twelve humorous flash fiction stories and essays. I had written three stories quite some time ago, and they got published in a local newspaper. I initially decided to write more and compile a book, but life got in the way, and after almost ten years, I finally finished what I had planned. 

Me: Apart from authoring this book, you have a complete career based on writing. What do you enjoy the most about the process?

Sanober: I enjoy writing about what I see around me. Penning down ideas and then seeing them come to life. When I write an article, I make sure I have researched enough on the topic. I love talking to and interviewing people related to the subject.

Me: Why the title ‘Our Idiosyncrasies’?

Sanober: There is an interesting story behind the title of the book. Ten years ago, when I had planned to pen down more stories and compile a book, my good friend Meher suggested that I should name it “Our Idiosyncrasies.” The name stuck with me. So when I finally gathered the stories, I named the book after her suggestion. However, she obviously had forgotten. So I reminded her.

Well, she is still pretty blank, but now I have to credit her for the name! *laugh*

Me: Tell us something more about the book.

Sanober: Our Idiosyncrasies are satirical stories that many South Asians would relate to. It offers a snapshot of the lives of ordinary people. Like any other culture, there is a little quirkiness in our desi society which everyone has experienced in some way or the other. Our Idiosyncrasies highlights many actual incidents through fictional characters and settings. 

Me: What are your favourite genres to read?

Sanober: I enjoy thriller and cultural stories the most. I, however, prefer short stories now as I hardly get time to read a lot. 

Me: What do you like to do when you are not writing?

Sanober: I am a board games enthusiast. I organise board gaming meetups, where I get to interact with many different people from various backgrounds, cultures and interests. Other than that, I love watching documentaries, listening to music and learning languages. 

Me: Are there any other projects underway?

Sanober: At the moment, I am just preparing the release of the current book. After which, I do plan to keep writing and entertaining people through my work.

Born and brought up in the UAE, Sanober started writing for high-end lifestyle magazines in 2002. Her professional profile includes working as an editor at a leading publishing house in Pakistan and a publicist for a music artist.

Sanober has written freelance for various newspapers and magazines worldwide in the last 15 years and has been fortunate enough to have interviewed many people from celebrities and experts to high profile individuals and Nobel Prize winners.

With an eye for editing and knowledge of the publishing world, Sanober took the next step in influencing lifestyle and founded a publishing company, printing two lifestyle magazines in UAE and Pakistan.

Besides being a foodie, an active organiser of a few local meetup communities like board gaming and language and culture exchange, she believes in a good cup of karak chai, long drives with music on and watching documentaries.

She lives in the UAE with her husband, son and two cats.

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Authors' Spotlight

INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR HARPER MICHAELS|AUTHOR INTERVIEW

It is my pleasure to host author Harper Michaels on my blog today. Her debut novel Falling for You is available for purchase now.

Me: Have you always wanted to be a writer?

Harper: Always. I wanted to either be a writer or in healthcare. Now, I’ve done both.

Me: What made you pen down Falling For You: Growing pains Book 1?

Harper: I promised myself I would publish something by the end of 2021. My dad passed away in 2020 and I wanted to finally accomplish my dream. He left so many dreams behind that he was afraid to go after. I didn’t want to be the same way. I started writing this story because I was Ronnie when I was younger. A bit of an outcast, and with not as much money as my counterparts. I dreamed of finding love like I read about in books. And I was always obsessed with books.

Me: What do you enjoy most about writing?

Harper: I can create characters that fall in love. What’s better than that? In real life, love is hard to find. Love between the pages is a bit easier.

Me: How many books do you intend to release in this series?

Harper: At least 3. I’m currently working on Dax and Lily’s story.

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Me: What are your favourite genres to read?

Harper: Romance, always

Me: Describe Ronnie and Sawyer in 3 words each.

Harper: Ronnie- daydreamer, awkward, and loving. Sawyer-complex, cynical, and a caregiver.

Me: When should we expect the next book in the series?

Harper: By Christmas is the plan. Hopefully!

Me: Are there any other projects underway?

Harper: The next in the series, and I am also working on some novellas. They are based during the pandemic, and I started on them when I was on quarantine from my job.

I grew up in South Georgia, basically in the middle of nowhere. The dirt road I lived on the first few years of my life was literally named after my great grandfather because all of my relatives lived on that road. Aunts, uncles, cousins…it was fun and the woods were my playground. We moved to a bigger town when I was older and I always missed the country. I became a healthcare worker and do have a doctorate, but please do not call me Dr. In my profession, not many people do. I’ll keep my real profession under my hat for now. I do need to retain some mystique after all. I married my husband in 2013. We had been friends for years, and finally confessed our feelings to each other at a wedding I dragged him to. I’ll write a story about it one day. It was very awkward at first. Lol. We now have two beautiful kids, a girl and a boy, and we live in the suburbs of Atlanta. I still miss the stillness of the woods. My sister and I inherited my dad’s property in the country when he passed last year, and we hope to build there one day so our kids can enjoy playing in the woods too. I’m an avid reader and fast, too fast. I go through about 500 books in a year. I love coffee and pizza, but not together. That’s me.

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Authors' Spotlight

INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR CHRISTINA FOXWELL|AUTHOR INTERVIEW

It is my pleasure to host author Christina Foxwell on my blog today.

Me: What made you pen down Grow Me?

Christina: I have a great passion for people and their growth. I wanted to share the work I do with clients in a way they can support their learning, understanding and personal insights. My purpose is to make a difference to one person’s life a day by helping them unlock their potential.

Me: It binds wisdom in a self reflecting journal. How should this book be read?

Christina: This book should be read as a “journey” one chapter at a time, over several weeks. Once a chapter has been read it needs to be reflected on. To support their reflection there is a podcast on each chapter available via various podcast apps

Me: Do you maintain a journal as well?

Christina: Yes I also maintain a journey and spend many hours reflecting on myself, my growth, my ability to live my purpose and make a difference in people’s lives.

Me: What are your favourite genres to read?

Christina: Oh I love leadership books, spiritual books, books on phycology and how to unlock people to be their best selves and then I love historical, sci-fi and paranormal fiction stories. My favourite authors are:

Non-fiction: John Maxell, Brene Brown, Shawn Achor, Oprah, Edit Eager, Patric Lencioni, Harvard Review, Shirzad Chamine and many more…

Fiction is: Lucinda Riley, Cassandra Claire, Wilbour Smith…

Me: What should readers expect from this book?

Christina: A practical, simplistic guide to understanding who you are, why you do what you do and how to grow who you are. This guide is also elements from my story, I walk the talk and have gone through all I share from not only a guide perspective also my own life.

Expect insights into “You” and actions that can help you feel Free, more in control and happier.

Me: What do you like to do when you are not writing?

Christina: I am a grandmother, so I love hanging out with my grandson, I also run a successful performance and growth practice in Sydney Australia (I have done so for the last 10 years). I work with clients every day to help them grow, find their way with other and be successful at their jobs. I am also a wife and mother so I spend time cooking for my family, painting and knitting is my latest hobby! I also have a fur baby franklin that give me great JOY! (Cat)

Me: How do you intend to impact readers with your book?

Christina: I would like each reader to have a shift in their perspective, to feel they are able to take tangible action when they get stuck and to know they are not alone.

Me: Are there any other projects underway?

Christina: Yes, I am busy with a Human story called The glass angel (The alchemy of healing and growth aligned to purpose). I have also written Oscar the Puffer Fish and Astra the Unicorn (Both human stories with strong messages on owning emotions and also on belonging).

Finally I am writing a FREE Me guide to follow the GROW ME guide, and I am busy with a leadership hand=book to build higher performing teams and culture.

Hi! I think it’s always good to give some context… So here is a bit of background on me, Christina Foxwell.

Having been in HR, recruitment, consulting, training and executive leadership for many years, I knew there was something lacking in the corporate world. I felt strongly there was a missed opportunity to engage, equip and make people feel valued and in return, there would ideally be growth, alignment and increased business performance. So with this burning belief, I set up Ignite Purpose in 2012 to support and encourage growth in the clients I work with on a daily basis.

Following my many years of experience in this field, I have seen people step into growth, achieve the unexpected and succeed together. I am, therefore, a firm believer that people can unlock their purpose, joy, development and performance. My work firmly follows the belief that any organisation can achieve a successful high performing culture by engaging in clarity, inclusivity, honesty, clear vision and measurement. In essence, I have based all my research and programs on the delicate balance between people and performance.

As a team at Ignite Purpose we are inspired to grow, learn and step into an uncomfortable place of unlocking change. The change and growth we have seen in leadership teams, cultures and most importantly the people we work with keeps us motivated to continue making a difference.

Along with career development and my own personal growth journey, I have authored two “human stories” which I believe can help all ages understand fundamental issues that are prevalent in everyday life. On a personal level, I am a mother, grandmother, wife, daughter and sister. I am perfectly imperfect in my life and embrace my story as my gift. The biggest growth piece I continue to learn from is showing vulnerability and staying connected, learning from my world every day and allowing myself to be loved.

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Bookish Corner

BOOK SPOTLIGHT: A Love Attemt by author Morhaf Al Achkar

Hello everyone! It is my pleasure to spotlight the new release, A Love Attemt by author Morhaf Al Achkar. Click here to check it out this essential guide to love.

Book Description

Developing your emotional intelligence? Learn simple and practical techniques to cultivate your love competence…

◆ Everyone wants love. We’re so desperate for it that we are frequently willing to take any deformed shape of it. But what if we can bring in the idea in a developed and genuine form to make it available to every person?

Morhaf Al Achkar obtained his Ph.D in education and is currently a practicing family physician at the University of Washington. He was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. Since then, his research has focused on the experience of patients living with cancers. His first book is based on interviews he did with 39 patients who live, like him, with advanced illness. He explored how these patients find meaning, cope, and build resilience. Using his deep understanding of philosophical concepts, Morhaf shares his understanding of love from the perspective of someone aware of his finitude.

◆ By following his easy-to-apply practical exercises, Morhaf invites you on a journey of dialogue and reflection to improve your Empathic Abilities.

Inside A Love Attempt, you’ll learn:

  • The Pragmatics of Love
  • How to Love by recognizing and capturing the opportunity.
  • How to reconstruct what is being and learn about context and biography to communicate with love
  • How to become oriented to understanding and agreement to act communicatively with Love
  • How to develop a strategy to reinforce and abstract some learning about yourself to Become Authentic with Love
  • And much, much more!

◆ A Love Attempt™ is the third book in Dr. Alachkar’s self-help series. The first was on Resilience and Meaning. The second, his memoir, was released only six months before the first draft of this project. In Being Authentic, he wrote ideas about love but did not develop them sufficiently. So he is completing that project here◆

◆ Dr. Alachkar’s elegant but transparent manuscript is packed with thought-provoking insights and concrete action steps to make salient our native competency for loving so we can then orient our next actions toward embracing love. If you want to learn the conceptualization of love and say “My next act is A Love Attempt!” then you can’t afford to miss Morhaf’s essential guide.

✓ Unlock your true love potential with this easy-to-follow guide Today! ♥

Click here to check out other books by Dr. Alachkar.